On Friday, May 12 the Houston community is invited to attend AWARE for All to learn about the clinical research process and obtain educational material about the research activity in Houston. The AWARE for All program is a free educational event produced by the Boston-based non-profit Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP). The event serves as a forum for open dialogue between patients, members of the public, and health and research professionals. AWARE for All – Houston will provide valuable information and education about the clinical research process and clinical research participation, as well as food, prizes, and complimentary health screenings. There will be an overview discussion in Spanish about clinical research, as well as Spanish language materials and onsite translators for assistance. And as a bonus, The Greater Gift Initiative will be donating one vaccine to one child in need on behalf of every event attendee.
This is the second AWARE for All event held in the Houston area since 2014. The AWARE for All program focuses on educating and empowering the public to make informed decisions about all healthcare treatment options available, including clinical research participation. Funding for this event is provided by CISCRP’s national AWARE for All sponsors EMD Serono, Inc., a subsidiary of Merck KGaA Darmstadt, Germany and the Lupus Research Alliance, host sponsors MD Anderson and the Windsor Village – Kingdom Builder’s Center, as well as local sponsors Centex Studies, Inc., the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Global Outreach Agency Publicis Health Communications Group and Langland.
Lorna Haughton McNeill, Associate Professor, Department of Health Disparities Research and Chair of the Center for Community-Engaged Translational Research at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center comments, “We are pleased to co-host this exciting health and education fair for our community, patients, and their family members. Our goals are to share with you important information about clinical research and what it can mean for you and your family, as well as present some ongoing research projects that you might want to join!”
Ellyn Getz, Senior Manager of Development and Community Engagement at CISCRP remarks, “We are excited to return to Houston for the upcoming AWARE for All event and are grateful for the support that we have received from all of our community and research sponsors. The goal of our flagship, internationally recognized AWARE for All program is to empower the public with education about clinical trials so that they can make informed decisions when it comes to their own health care options. We’re looking forward to bringing health care providers, clinical research professionals, members of the public, care partners, and patients together once again.”
The event will be held on May 12 from 11 am-2 pm at the Windsor Village Kingdom Builder’s Center and is free and open to the public. Advanced registration is strongly encouraged and available at https://aware-houston17.eventbrite.com or by calling 1-877-MED-HERO (1-877-633-4376). Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities are still available; email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
The Center for Information and Study (CISCRP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to engaging the public and patients as partners in the clinical research process. CISCRP provides free education and outreach to the general public and patient communities. Visit http://www.CISCRP.org for more information or to support CISCRP’s educational initiatives.
Community and research partners include: Baylor College of Medicine, Centex Studies, Inc., EMD Serono, Inc., a subsidiary of Merck KGaA Darmstadt, Germany, Harris Health System, Houston Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Houston Area Urban League, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Lupus Research Alliance, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Sisters Network, Inc., Texas Southern University, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and the Windsor Village – Kingdom Builder’s Center